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Ranking of the 10 most ports big in the world

Commercial ports e marinas: there are many of them in various areas of the world, some immense, others smaller in size. Many cities over the centuries have developed around the port, a fundamental element for trade and for the growth of the city itself; in more recent times the tourist phenomenon, for which many pre-existing ports have had to equip themselves to accommodate millions of passengers a year, or to meet this demand, ad hoc ports have been created.



The 10 largest and most important commercial ports in the world

The traffic sustained by commercial ports is evaluated with a parameter called TEU, acronym of "Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit": translated, it is the equivalent unit to twenty feet, that is the standard measure of volume in the transport of containers according to ISO standards, and corresponds to about 40 total cubic meters. In fact, most containers have standard sizes, with lengths of 20 feet (1 TEU) and 40 feet (2 TEU). So what is the ranking of the largest and most important commercial ports in the world?

Let's find out thanks to the latest data published by the World Shipping Council, the world trade association that regulates international liner shipments.

  1. Port of Shanghai, China: 42.01 million TAU
  2. Singapore port: 36.60 million TAU
  3. Shenzhen port, China: 27.74 million TAU
  4. Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, China: 26.35 million TAU
  5. Guangzhou Harbor, China: 21.87 million TAU
  6. Port of Busan, South Korea: 21.66 million TAU
  7. Port of Hong Kong, China: 19.60 million TAU
  8. Port of Qingdao, China: 18.26 million TAU
  9. Tianjin Port, China: 16.00 million TAU
  10. Jebel Ali Port, Dubai: 14.95 million TAU

The 10 largest and most important tourist ports in the world

Marinas often consist of truly mammoth buildings and areas; their classification is built on the basis of the passengers who pass through them annually.
Analyzing the ranking of the largest and most important tourist ports in the world, the preponderant presence of the United States of America is noted.

Below is a list of the busiest ports, sorted by annual average of passengers over the last 5 years. There is no single international source that analyzes all world ports, therefore the data were collected by crossing several official national sources.



  1. Port of Miami, USA: 4.850.000 passengers
  2. Everglades Harbor, USA: 4.160.000 passengers
  3. Canaveral Harbor, USA: 4.000.000 passengers
  4. Port of Nassau, Bahamas: 3.410.000 passengers
  5. Port of Cozumel, Mexico: 2.700.000 passengers
  6. Port of Barcelona, ​​Spain: 2.360.000 passengers
  7. Port of Civitavecchia, Italy: 2.140.000 passengers
  8. Port of Virgin Island, USA: 2.080.000 passengers
  9. Port of San Martino, France / Holland: 2.000.000 passengers
  10. Port of Venice, Italy: 1.720.000 passengers
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